Voyager RV honoured for fundraising
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 13, 2020 - Biz Releases

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Ward Fraser, General Manager, Voyager RV general manager Ward Fraser and staff receive the award from the ALS Society’s Wendy Toyer

Voyager RV Centre in Lake Country is being honoured for raising donations for ALS.

The ALS Society of BC has presented Winfield’s Voyager with this year’s Exceptional Fundraising Program Award – Corporate Partner.

The company celebrated its 35th anniversary by launching the Voyager Cares Fundraising Initiative, with a goal of raising $100,000 for local charities.

The campaign kicked-off in December of 2018. Over the next 12 months, the family-owned-and-operated dealership committed each of its departments to donate proceeds from every RV sale to seven different non-profit organizations throughout the Central Okanagan.

ALS hit close to home for Voyager general manager Ward Fraser, who lost his mother to ALS. To support him, the Voyager team selected the ALS Society of BC as one of the charities to support. Last September, Voyager raised $16,380 for ALS B.C. The funds were used as part of a matching grant for the Society’s Giving Tuesday campaign, which raised over $140,000 for the ALS BC equipment loan program.

Meanwhile, Kelowna resident Nancy Arbuckle won the Exceptional Public Awareness Program Award – Individual award for her work educating and increasing public awareness of ALS.

Arbuckle is the local coordinator of the Kelowna Walk to End ALS. She also made a key contribution towards June ALS Awareness Month by initiating the involvement of the Spirit of Sail sculpture in Kelowna.

“We also need to share the courageous stories of ALS patients. I am inspired everyday with how positive these individuals are and the way they live life to the fullest,” she said.

Arbuckle said Louise Gauthier, Doug Lundeen and Syd McGuigan have also been key in helping spread the word about ALS.

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